Students take the Accuplacer and CELSA placement exams at the Testing Services Center.


As of November 1, 2014: minimum HESI A2​ ​English composite ​score ​needed for application to Maricopa Nursing ​is 80. HESI A2 math score remains 75.


Test Monday-Thursday Friday 


11 a.m. - last test at 2:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m


11 a.m. - last test at 2:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The HESI A2 exam is the nursing program entrance exam. The HESI A2 exam is four-hour, computerized test covering math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, general knowledge and grammar. 
Scores are valid for two years.

Cost: $40, due day of testing.

Prepare for the HESI A2 Test

The HESI A2 study guide is available for purchase in the bookstore or online. Copies of the study guides are on reserve at the GCC Library.

These online guides and sample questions will help prepare you.

Download the HESI A2 test overview (.pdf) for more information.

May I retest?

You may retake the HESI A2 test after 60 days. Up to two retests are permitted within one year from the date of the first test.

The HESI PN exam is for students applying for Blocks 3 and 4 of the nursing program. It is an untimed, computerized test designed to assess basic knowledge of practical nursing. (Allow about 1 hour to complete.)

LPN applicants and transfer applicants seeking admission into Block 3 or Block 4 must achieve a score of 850 or higher to qualify.

Scores are available immediately and are valid for 6 months.

Cost: $50, due day of testing. 

Prepare for the HESI PN Test

Any PN-NLCEX review book will help you prepare.

Download the HESI PN test overview (.pdf) for more information.

May I retest?

You may retake the HESI PN test after waiting six months.

Where can I take the test?

First, visit the Testing Services (TDS) Building on Main campus to check in and complete a form.

Take the completed form to the Cashiers Office (located inside the Enrollment Center building) to pay the exam fee. Once payment has been made, return to Testing Services and take your test.

Bring a current photo ID (GCC ID, high school ID, driver's license, passport or government/state issued ID).

I took my test. What happens now?

Attend a mandatory information session, and then meet with a nursing department academic advisor. Bring your printed test scores with you.

First, attend an Information Session (required)
Choose one:

GCC Main campus
Mondays, Life Science building
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., room LS 273
4-6 p.m., room LS 108

GCC North campus
Tuesdays, Building D
3-5 p.m., room D 124

Second, meet with a nursing department advisor:
Bring your printed test scores with you.

GCC main campus
Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Life Science building, 2nd Floor

GCC North campus
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building C.


Building: Testing & Disabilities Services (TDS)
Phone: (623) 845-3058
Fax: (623) 845-3346
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Note: Times for specific tests vary.